Cricket Round 3 – Day 1

I’ve been looking forward to some normal 2-day cricket for some time and Round 3 is the first of the season.  On Thursday it was 28°C.  Friday was very overcast and humid.  Come Saturday, it was fine and sunny but 13°C and 100km/h winds.

We had to remove the bails as they kept falling off.  According to the Laws, we removed them from both ends.  Luckily, nothing hit the stumps in the first session and after tea we were able to put them back on.  The bowlers found it a bit tough trying to control the ball in the wind, and with a good flat, hard pitch, it was easy to score runs.  Both teams are in a rebuilding phase and contain many up and coming young players, so it made for a good day’s cricket.

Every Umpire knows that there are 42 Laws of Cricket and many know about the unwritten Law 43 – Commonsense (the only thing wrong with commonsense is that it is not all that common).  There should be another unwritten law:  Law 44 – Try not to get hit by the ball.  Unfortunately, I failed this law.  I was wrong-footed when a ball was struck straight back at me so fast I had no time to get out of the way.  As it transpired, I stopped a certain 4 runs and caused a run-out.  The ball remains in play if it deflects off an Umpire and the batsmen were running. Fortunately, I had just turned around to see the stumps broken with the batsman well out of his crease.  Lucky for me also, as it was the last ball of the day and I did not have to stand out on the field any longer.

And here is the result:

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It’s not a good look and I can tell you it hurts.

I hope it’s okay by next Saturday!

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2 Responses to “Cricket Round 3 – Day 1”

  1. Ouch!! That looks very painful, Don. I hope your ankle is doing better. It will take some time for that to heal. I hope things are going well as you progress through the Masterclass. If I can help you out with anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

  2. Thanks Derek,

    The foot is improving, I actually ran (well, trotted) on it today. Although it is a little sore after two days of cricket.

    Don

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